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Sergeant major of Parris Island recruit depot resigns following altercation with protester

Jun. 9, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
Sgt. Maj. Paul T. Archie
Sgt. Maj. Paul T. Archie (Marine Corps)
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Marine Sgt. Maj. Paul Archie has tendered his resignation and voluntarily stepped down from his post as senior enlisted adviser at Parris Island recruit depot, Marine Corps Times has learned.

His decision comes not even a week since he was involved in an altercation with a protestor outside the gates of the depot.

Marine Corps officials released this statement concerning Archie’s decision: “Understanding the Marine Corps has very high standards of personal and professional conduct for its most senior leaders, Sgt. Maj. Archie voluntarily stepped down as the depot sergeant major, and the commanding general regrettably accepted his retirement.”

On Thursday, Archie stopped his vehicle in front of a protest near the gates, got out and proceeded to get into a verbal altercation with a protester, Ethan Arguello, who is also a former Marine drill instructor.

The official police statement on the incident has more detail: “During argument, Archie’s head struck the campaign cover knocking it off the head of the protestor. Archie took the campaign cover and proceeded onto MCRD Parris Island.”

Police later recovered the campaign cover.

Archie turned himself in to the local Port Royal Police Department Friday on charges of third degree assault and battery. He posted bond and was released on his own recognizance from the Beaufort County Detention Center, Stars and Stripes reported.

Archie is due next week to appear in court, police told Marine Corps Times.

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